Incoming POP & IMAP mail: pop.torfree.net
Outgoing mail: smtp.torfree.net
Call us: 416-204-9257
Please leave a message! We'll call you back.
E-mail us: email@example.com
Drop by our office:
600 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M6.
We're open from noon to 8 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
Toronto Free‑Net provides webspace, not websites.
Free‑Net isn't currently set up to register personal domains. We eventually will be, because members are requesting it.
All Free‑Net members, even those subscribed at the free-of-charge "Basic" access level, receive webspace.
Upload: Upload your files to ftp://ftp.torfree.net/public_html/
Login with the username you use for your Free‑Net email, eg "aa123".
View: View your pages at: http://members.torfree.net/<username>/
Having webspace is different from having a website:
From the perspective of the person who writes the pages (you) a website provides more flexibility but webspace is simpler.
From the perspective of people browsing your pages, the difference is in the URL's length: webspace URLs tend to be longer. This matters if you want people to remember the URL, to type it by hand, as one might do after seeing an advertisement for a website in a newspaper or hearing about it on the radio.
Your webspace consists of a directory, which is initially empty. "Directory" is just another word for "folder". Inside this empty directory, you can place files as well as more directories (a directory that is within another directory can also be called a subdirectory).
Typically, web pages are text files whose name ends in ".html". These contain the text which you want to publish, in a special notation called "HTML markup".
Free‑Net's web server expects the main web page in each directory to be a file named "index.html". This page is intended to contain the hyperlinks by which your audience is guided into reaching your other pages. The files for your other pages can be placed in the same directory as the index.html file or you can separate them into groups, by creating subdirectories and placing the files in there. Subdirectories help keep things organized when you have many files.
If a directory contains a file named "index.html", and someone tries to browse the directory itself (eg by typing its URL in a browser), then Free‑Net's web server displays the index.html file instead. If no such file exists, then the web server displays a clickable list of all the files in the directory.
Note that one can create web pages which aren't reachable from the rest of the web — no hyperlinks to them. Such pages are called islands: one can view them, but only if they know the exact URL.
You can create a web page, such as your initial index.html page, by using a simple text editor, such as nano, TextEdit, or Notepad. A fancy word processor, such as Open Office or MS-Word, works too. Finally, there are software programs designed specifically for creating web pages. They facilitate more advanced work. Examples include SeaMonkey and Dreamweaver.
There are two ways to go about creating web pages: you can type the HTML markup by hand or you can type only the text, then let a program add the markup. Different programs generate different HTML. Some do a better job than others. Since the middle of the decade of 2000, most word processors can generate HTML — look for a "save as" menu item, then choose "HTML". Editors cannot generate HTML — you must type the markup in yourself. Web pages whose HTML is entered by hand are almost always more compact, so they load faster than web pages generated by word processors.
If you use a word processor but you type the HTML markup yourself, be sure to save the file as "ASCII text" or as "DOS text" (whichever option your word processor provides), and then rename it, changing its suffix to ".html". By default, a word processor will save the file in its own, native format, often named ".odt" or ".doc". It can't tell that your creation is actually an HTML file.
Currently, you must phone or visit the Free‑Net office to enable uploading. You only need to do this once, to begin using your webspace.
Start a web browser, click in its URL field (towards the top left of the browser's window), and type the URL of your webspace.
Eg, if your username is aa123, type: http://members.torfree.net/aa123/
In newer versions of Microsoft Windows, the ability to use the Telnet link above is disabled by default. You must instead use:
Start> Run> telnet shell.torfree.net
Or download the secure shell client, PuTTY:
If your email messages to addresses @torfree.net are rejected.
To impede spam (unsolicited bulk mail) on the Internet, ISPs (Internet Service Providers), including Toronto Free‑Net, impose restrictions on the flow of email. Some checks are defensive, which an ISP imposes on inbound email to protect itself; others are self-policing, which an ISP imposes on email sent by its own users, to prevent them from abusing the Internet community at large.
If Free‑Net rejects your legitimate email to addresses @torfree.net please compare, against the following possible causes, the error message which Free‑Net gave to your SMTP server. For further assistance in resolving the problem, contact the Free‑Net office.
If you have been blacklisted, please address the cause, then follow the blacklist's instructions to request that your name be cleared.
If the above information doesn't answer your question, contact us. Please provide as much detail as possible about your computer and the programs you are using, about the specific problem you are experiencing, and about what you tried, so far, to solve it. Don't forget to mention whether you are using a PPP or text connection.
By choosing Toronto Free‑Net, you get excellent service while supporting universal Internet access across the GTA, all at a bargain price!